Chiropractic treatment is an effective alternative to risky and invasive surgery and does not rely on the use of prescription medications. If you may be suffering from scoliosis, contact us for an appointment with our chiropractor to learn more about your treatment options.
When the spine is curved more than ten degrees on the Cobb scale, the patient may be diagnosed with scoliosis. The curvature may remain static or it may increase slowly or quickly over time, depending on the patient and the cause of their condition. Though scoliosis may appear at any age, it is most common when an individual is in their early teens. It is a genetic condition that is more prevalent among females than males.
Symptoms of scoliosis include acute and/or chronic pain. It can also limit an individual’s range of motion. Rather than seek risky surgery to correct their condition, many people choose chiropractic treatment for drug free relief from pain accompanied by a wider range of motion.
There are two classifications for scoliosis: functional and structural.
- Functional scoliosis. When a patient is diagnosed with functional scoliosis it means that the curves in their spine are not twisted and they do not suffer from deformities of their rib cage. These patients often respond very well to chiropractic treatment and may fully regain their health with no permanent damage as a result of the scoliosis. Examples of functional scoliosis conditions include:
- Postural scoliosis. This is common among children who develop curvature in their spine during growth spurts and is often a result of poor posture. As the child further develops, and if their posture improves, then they may grow out of this condition, particularly if they receive treatments by a chiropractor.
- Short leg scoliosis. When one leg is shorter than the other leg, the individual may develop a pelvic anomaly. Adjustments by a chiropractor can relieve pain and stress resulting from the body’s efforts to compensate for the legs’ differing heights. The chiropractor may also suggest shoe or heal lifts if appropriate.
- Acute antalgic scoliosis. If an individual sustains an injury to one or more discs in their back, the natural response is to lean in a way that takes pressure off the problematic areas. This in turn can generate spinal misalignment. By treating the injured disk and realigning the spine, the patient can regain a healthy and pain-free posture.
- Structural scoliosis. This is a more severe form as compared to functional scoliosis. It is also more aggressive in its development. If a chiropractor diagnoses the patient with this form, treatment may require surgery or bracing in order to prevent further curvature from progressing. Early intervention is paramount. If you would like to discuss your condition and learn treatment options, contact us today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.
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